Che Adams’ brace helped Southampton come from behind and avoid a blow against Lincoln City in League One in the Carabao Cup fourth round.
The win gives Nathan Jones his first win as Saints manager, after losing his only previous match at Liverpool on 12 November.
His team fell behind early when Gavin Bazunu failed to deal with the removal of Ainsley Maitland-Niles slides.
But Adams scored a goal in the first half to lead Southampton to qualification.
The two goals marked the first time Southampton had scored more than one goal in a match since beating Chelsea on August 30.
This is the first time they have reached the quarter-finals of the competition since losing to Manchester United in the 2017 final.
Having waited over six weeks for his home bow after joining from Luton, Jones wanted a better start, but Bazuno, under pressure from Pawdie O’Connor, failed to deal with the wrong clearance and the ball rebounded.
It took Southampton a while to settle but they found an equalizer when Mohamed Elyounoussi found space on the right side of the area and dived into the penalty area for Adams – who may have been offside – to head home.
Lincoln, playing in the fourth round for the first time since 1967-68, was the better team early in the second half, but Jones made a three-way substitution and changed from 5-3-2 to 4-3-3.
He made an immediate improvement, reaching the second goal when an acrobatic Ilyonossi effort was fouled and then Adams volleyed it on the line for his second goal in the competition of the season.
Lincoln pressed for a late equalizer after leaving gaps for Southampton to exploit, with Samuel Idoze and Adams both missing incredible chances to add Saints more points.
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The match is over, Southampton 2, Lincoln City 1.
The second half ended, Southampton 2, Lincoln City 1.
Corner, Southampton. Awarded by Carl Rushworth.
Attempt saved. Che Adams (Southampton) right footed shot from the right of the six yard box is saved in the center of the goal. Assisted by Stuart Armstrong.
Bowie O’Connor (Lincoln City) has been shown the yellow card.
missed attempt. Samuel Idozi (Southampton) left footed shot from the center of the penalty area is close but misses on the left. With the assistance of Mohamed El-Younossi after breakfast.
Foul by Che Adams (Southampton).
Buddy O’Connor (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Che Adams (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Bowie O’Connor (Lincoln City).
Attempt saved. Max Sanders (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Switch, Lincoln City. Gordon Garrick replaces Joe Walsh.
missed attempt. Teddy Bishop (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. With the help of Mati Virtue.
Foul by Mohamed El Younosi (Southampton).
Mate Virtu (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Adam Jackson (Lincoln City).
Corner, Lincoln City. Provided by Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Switch, Southampton. Moussa Genepo replaces Theo Walcott due to injury.
Switch, Lincoln City. Teddy Bishop replaces Daniel Mandrew.
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